Brooklyn Nets’ Big Three Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving Make History by Tieing Age-Old Playoff Record

Published 05/31/2021, 5:00 PM EDT
May 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) and Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) react during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets are one of the most stacked teams in the NBA. With superstars like Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving surrounded by talented players like Joe Harris and Blake Griffin, the Nets are arguably one of the favorites to win the championship this season.

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After finishing as the second seed in the Eastern Conference, the Nets are going up against the seventh-seeded Boston Celtics in the first round of the Playoffs. Given the firepower the Nets have, they were the clear favorites in this matchup .

Brooklyn Nets’ big three create history against Boston Celtics

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In the first two games, the Nets were having a field day at the Barclays Arena. With Celtics’ Jayson Tatum struggling and the Celtics roster affected by multiple injuries, it looked like the Nets would sweep the Celtics as they led the series 2-0.

But in Game 3, Tatum and Co. came back in some fashion. With JT scoring 50 points and Kyrie having an off-night, the Nets conceded Game 3 to 125-119. Game 4 was certainly a crucial matchup for both the teams.

The Nets certainly came out, all guns blazing. After a rather disappointing Game 3, Irving made a statement with 39 points, while Durant scored a game-high 42 points.

Even Harden chipped in with 23 points. Scoring a combined 104 points, the Nets’ big three tied the most points scored by a trio in NBA Playoffs history.

Coming into the postseason, there were multiple doubts surrounding the fitness of the big three. Playing just 7 games in the regular season, pundits wondered whether the lack of playtime would affect them. But that clearly hasn’t been the case.

With Harden taking a step away from the scoring load, Kyrie and Durant have dominated the scoreboard. Their supporting cast of players like Joe Harris and Bruce Brown have also stepped up for them and added some crucial backup offensive boost.

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Given the injury woes for their opposition, this series is pretty much done and dusted and looks like a W for the Nets.

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While the Nets are looking solid, their probable second round matchup will be against the Milwaukee Bucks who have multiple defensive players like Jrue Holiday, PJ Tucker and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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It will surely be fascinating to see who prevails in this probable second round matchup.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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